The White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes was on Fox News Sunday today. One of the topics discussed was importing more Syrian refugees:
Video Prompted to [@02:19] Wallace “One of the attackers in the French slaughter was carrying a Syrian passport that seemed to indicate that he had been a refugee that had come into Europe along with the flood of migrants in October. Given that, is President Obama reconsidering the plan to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year?”
Rhodes: “No, Chris, we’re still planning to take in Syrian refugees,we have very robust vetting procedures for those refugees.”
“It involves our intelligence community, our national counter-terrorism center, extensive interviews, vetting them against all information,” he said, “and what we need to be able to do frankly is sort out that foreign fighter flow — those who have gone into Syria and come out and want to launch attacks or those who have connections with ISIL in Syria.”
“We need to be able to have the intelligence base to identify and target those people. At the same time we have to recognize they’re tragic victims of this conflict, they’re women, children, orphans of this war, and I think we need to do our part along with our allies to provide them a safe haven. ”
It should be noted that all direct intelligence officials have specifically noted it is impossible to “vet” those refugees the White House insists on accepting because there is no structural governmental operation within Syria for us to use as a reference source.
Numerous intelligence agencies have confirmed to congressional leadership that “vetting” can only consist of direct interviews with those refugees the U.S. State Department would accept. So long as the State Department interview is approved, that’s the extent of the possible vetting process.
Indeed, immediately following this interview segment with Ben Rhodes, representative Peter King stated Rhodes was fundamentally false in his assertions, and again repeated there is no paperwork trail, no reliable Syrian agency, no government construct within Syria which would permit intelligence vetting.